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It’s the award every designer yearns for. Andy Sturgeon won Best in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 for the M & G Garden
The M&G Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon, was crowned as the Best in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show by the Royal Horticulture Society's judges yesterday. The garden is sponsored by M&G Investments which also backs the show. Set against huge, blackened oak sculptures that look like rocks and weigh 15 tons, the garden symbolises the 'regenerative theme of new life'. RHS judge James Alexander-Sinclair said: “We seldom have the pleasure of judging perfection but in this case, Andy Sturgeon’s garden did not disappoint. The garden delighted designers, thrilled landscapers and perked up the plants people to no end.”
Celebrating his win with a flute of champagne, Mr Sturgeon said he is unconcerned by criticism of his unusual design; in fact he welcomes it. He said inspiration came from seeing black rocks in Australia on a beach in Merimbula in New South Wales. “It gave me the idea, of a garden where new plants are colonising after a lava flow. I wanted it to feel like it's being taken over by plants.” Mr Sturgeon also won the Best in Show award in 2010 and 2016, and bagged seven RHS gold medals.
He prefers to use 'primitive' plants such as moss and ferns and grasses as they are first to colonise new areas. “They are primitive plants, and they don't flower. Ferns, for instance, have been around since the dinosaurs.” The RHS says natural 'green' gardens such as Mr Sturgeon's are on trend for this year. The garden features 'free planting' rather than planting in groups of three or four. The striking black ridges were sculpted from blackened oak by Johnny Woodford while a staircase of vast English ironstone-paved platforms was quarried in the Cotswolds. Mr Sturgeon, of Haywards Heath, said anyone could replicate his garden look by painting their fences black. 'Having green plants against a black background helps them stand out – in any garden big or small,' he said.
Tranquil: Mark Gregory’s canal scene complete with working lock on the Welcome to Yorkshire garden.
With its gently lapping water and weathered wooden beams, it looks like a stretch of Yorkshire canal untouched for decades. But this incredible garden, which won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday, was painstakingly built in just 18 days by a designer known as ‘the Paul Hollywood of the gardening world’. And the setting was romantic enough for one brave man to drop to one knee and propose to his surprised girlfriend, who told him ‘yes,’ to the delight of the crowd. Adam Baylis-West said he was ‘very happy’ his partner Rosemary agreed to marry him on the Welcome to Yorkshire canal garden. The couple weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the installation, as A list celebrities queued up to admire designer Mark Gregory’s work.
Chelsea regular Mark Gregory – known for constructing hundreds of show gardens at Chelsea over the years as well as designing his own – recreated a Yorkshire canal in his garden. Mr Gregory said: “Each year you strive to build on the success of the previous, which after last year was no mean feat! We’re over the moon that the Welcome to Yorkshire garden has been recognised once again and couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Chelsea is always a team effort, and we’ve got a winning team, I couldn’t be prouder.”
Dame Judi Dench said: ‘It’s so authentic I can’t believe it’s only just arrived in the middle of Chelsea. I don’t garden myself, I just know a lovely garden when I see it.’ The Canal and Rivers Trust provided two pairs of old lock gates from the Huddersfield Narrow Canal for the 2,800 square-foot garden. Alongside is an authentic lock keeper’s office built from reclaimed York sandstone. Mr Gregory, 59, a judge on Channel 5’s The Great Garden Challenge, said of his 99th design for the show: ‘I hope people will feel transported into an authentic patch of Yorkshire.’
Chris Beardshaw’s garden for Morgan Stanley.
Chris Beardshaw’s garden (above) this year for Morgan Stanley has a light environmental footprint. The equipment and materials used in his construction are greener, such as a new electrical excavator with lower carbon emissions and battery-powered tools. Every element of the garden has been selected for its eco-credentials including the two ‘pods’ at the rear of the garden.
Finally the High Maintenance Garden (pictures below), designed by Sue Hayward for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, also won a Gold Award at the Chelsea Show. In the garden, a loved space is occupied by an iconic British sports car, the embodiment of plans for a fun, active retirement. The car is shown being gradually reclaimed by nature. The untended garden reflects the limitations of a person with motor neurone disease: the mind and senses are active but the body is in physical decline. The owner can still enjoy the garden’s sensory elements, meanwhile, it becomes a haven for wildlife.
The High Maintenance Garden for Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Certainly we have been enjoying some outstanding weather recently, but the gardeners are complaining that there is not enough rain to help them to develop their own ideal gardens. There were 12 full Tables who took time off from their gardens to join us at our regular Club Night at the Oxshott Bridge Club yesterday evening. You can read all about it in the Report by clicking on the "Competitions" tab in the Menu to the left of this box. Alternatively you can study the full Leaderboard and the individual Travellers by clicking on the "Latest Result" button at the top right of this page.
President: Alan Hammond